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Manic Monday? 11th April 2016
The forecast was Easterly/North Easterly and 8C rising to 14C. But what about the wind? That depends on which forecast you chose. BBC said Force 4 and gusting to 8 in the afternoon. Xcweather and windguru (same weather model) said Force 5, increasing to 6 and gusting to 7, nudging 8 in the afternoon. Should be okay then!
Arriving at 10am it didn’t look good. Grey sky and chilly, but Easterly is always a cold direction wherever you are. We knew that. More importantly, the wind didn’t look up to the job. Hard to tell though, with the clubhouse being in the lee. I’d taken a day off work for this! We’ll rig up soon, but let’s give it a bit longer to pick up …. So, a deadline was set. We’ll start rigging at 11am, whatever.
Soon after midday there were five (six later) sailors intermittently on and off the water. The on/off was that old chestnut – what size sail? Whether to down-size and then down-size again! Here are some of the sizes for the day:
- 8.0m – he lasted a few runs
- 7.8m – lasted one run
- 7.5m – lasted 30 minutes
- 7.0m – semi-rigged and decided against
- 6.5m – popular size and well suited much of the time
- 5.7m – good choice from sometime after 2pm
- 5.25m – not enough at 1pm, but just right by 2/2.30
- 4.5m – not enough early afternoon, but might have been okay later